Georgia Grown: Eagle Creek Brewing Company

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Where: Statesboro, Georgia

Story: Owners Daniel Long and Franklin Dismuke are new to the Brewery business.  Just a couple years ago, Long was given a home brew kit for Christmas and started tinkering with his own brew.  After much success at brewing five gallon batches, Long invited his friend, Franklin Dismuke to go tour a brewery in Athens.  Long describes the experience as basically the moment the idea of their brewery, Eagle Creek, was born.  The two looked at each other and said “we could do this.”  Today, Eagle Creek is doing it!  They have their facility just off of the downtown square open and fermenting hops.  They credit their young brewer Cole Brown, perhaps the youngest in the country at just 22 years old, as following through with their vision and tastes.  “He was a perfect fit” says Long.  The trio of Long, Dismuke and Brown are now touring Statesboro and Savannah to unveil their inaugural brew, the Low Country Pale Ale.  New varieties will be introduced later this year.

EC Low Country Pale AleWhere to Buy: Currently you’ll have to make the drive to Statesboro or Savannah to try the Low Country Pale Ale.  Statesboro is conveniently located off of Interstate 16 and has a lot to offer for foodies and brew lovers.  Try the beer on tap at local restaurants including 40 East Grill, South and Vine, the Millhouse and Gnats Landing.  Want to take some home?  Eagle Creek isn’t brewing yet, but you can get a growler or two at Clyde’s Minit Mart and Tom’s Beverage Center, both in Statesboro.  In the words of the guys at Eagle Creek, “Don’t Fear the Foam!”

 

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Helen, Georgia by Audie Craig. Submitted via Facebook.

Helen, Georgia by Audie Craig. Submitted via Facebook.

Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia by @micpcarlisle. Submtited via Instagram.

Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia by @micpcarlisle. Submtited via Instagram.

Gator in the Okeefenokee Swamp by William Merce Photography. Submitted via Flickr.

Gator in the Okeefenokee Swamp by William Merce Photography. Submitted via Flickr.

 

 

Where to Cool Down in Georgia

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Six Flags White Water

Are you tired of making small splashes in the rain puddles this summer? Make a big splash at Georgia’s water parks this summer!

1. Six Flags White Water in Marietta: Six Flags White Water is one of the Travel Channel’s Top Family Water Parks in the United States. The park is packed with over 50 water rides from the Cliffhanger’s 90-foot free fall to the S.S. Feathersword, an interactive play ship that is perfect for kids.

Splash in the 'Boro

Splash in the ‘Boro

2. Splash Island at Wild Adventures in Valdosta: South Georgia natives can be swept down the Wahee Cyclone at Wild Adventures’ Splash Island. The cyclone will flush riders down a 45-foot funnel into the waves below. Splash Island also offers a less adrenaline-pumping tube ride down Paradise River among other rides.

3. Splash in the Boro in Statesboro:  Splash in the Boro is home to the only dual flowrider in Georgia. Surf Flowrider’s unbroken wave, and ride up the wave’s surface. If you aren’t up for hanging ten, grab an inner tube, and float down the 800-foot Lazy River at Splash the Boro.

4. SoakYa Water Park at Lake Winnepesaukah: Celebrate SoakYa Water Park’s five-acre expansion, the largest expansion in the park’s history. Splash in the pools, fly down the new slides and soak up the sun on the poolside beach.

Summer Waves

Summer Waves

5. Summer Waves Water Park in Jekyll Island: Watch out for the larger-than-life splash bucket in the Splash Zone at Summer Waves Water Park. The bucket will tip over and drench you if you aren’t careful. Also, beware of Nature’s Revenge on the Tornado and Hurricane water slides.

6. Lanier World at Lake Lanier Islands Resort: The Big Beach at Lake Lanier offers fun in the sun for kids and adults. From the kid-friendly Wiggle Waves to the twists and turns of the Twister, Lanier World has something fun for the entire family.

Collins_Goss_HeadshotA Georgia native and UGA alumnae, Collins Goss is the summer communications intern for the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Currently, she is working on her Masters in Fine Arts in Arts Administration emphasizing in communications at The University of Alabama. Collins will graduate in December and hopes to return to the Peach State.

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Berry College in Rome, Georgia. Photo by David Banks. Submitted via Facebook.

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St. Simons Island, Georgia. Photo by @acountrygirlsdabbles. Submitted via Instagram.

St. Simons Island, Georgia. Photo by @acountrygirlsdabbles. Submitted via Instagram.

Pike County, Georgia. Photo by 65mb. Submitted via Flickr.

Pike County, Georgia. Photo by 65mb. Submitted via Flickr.

 

 

 

 

10 Ways to Use Georgia’s 2013 Travel Guide

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The official 2013 Georgia Travel Guide is the state’s premiere marketing resource for visitors and vacation planning. This FREE full-color, magazine-size guide provides visitors with information on Georgia’s tourism assets including trip ideas, attractions, accommodations, events and more. The Georgia Travel Guide is organized by nine travel regions to help you plan your visit.

To get a copy of state’s official 2013 travel guide – visit our brochure room on ExploreGeorgia.org, stop at one of our 11 Visitor Information Centers or call 1-800-VISIT GA.

  1. Get inspired by Zac Brown’s favorite Georgia destinations featured on page 11
  2. Go to page 12 and add these 100 heart-pounding, adrenaline-pumping Georgia adventures to your bucket list
  3. Find an attraction that fits your interests in any Georgia city
  4. Looking for things to do outdoors – check out the ‘Best of Georgia State Parks’  feature on page 28
  5. Use the map on page 33 to plan your route and travel our back roads to and through Georgia’s picturesque small towns
  6. See why Senoia, Georgia shines like a Hollywood star on page 10
  7. Plan your trip to Georgia’s major Civil War attractions on page 26
  8. Use our accommodations listings to find a hotel, bed & breakfast, resort and more in any city in Georgia
  9. Check out lists of Georgia’s  festivals
  10. Discover Georgia’s small towns and best kept secrets